cau·​li·​flow·​er ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) ˈkä- How to pronounce cauliflower (audio)
often attributive
: a garden plant (Brassica oleracea botrytis) related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers
also : its flower cluster used as a vegetable

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Think cauliflower rice in place of starchy white rice or doing 50/50. Good Housekeeping, 10 Nov. 2022 When the leaves start to turn, take a break from cauliflower rice and turn butternut squash cubes into rice instead. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2022 Nuts are crazy carbon-friendly, with a mere 2 percent of the footprint of that cauliflower rice. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2022 Roasted chickpeas and cauliflower are topped with a vibrant green chimichurri. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Aug. 2022 Sully's will roast its own meats for sandwiches, and roast cauliflower can be substituted for meat. Carol Deptolla, Journal Sentinel, 25 July 2022 Seed for broccoli, kale, turnip, and cauliflower can be sown in flats or containers by the third to fourth week in July. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 13 July 2022 As Vogt von Heselholt explains, spaghetti squash is low in calories, high in water, fiber, and antioxidants—just like cauliflower. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 13 July 2022 Instructions for spaghetti with cauliflower béchamel are showcased as prominently as carne asada tacos and traditional Jewish latkes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian cavolfiore, from cavolo cabbage (from Late Latin caulus, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage) + fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at cole, blow

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cauliflower was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Cauliflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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cau·​li·​flow·​er ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce cauliflower (audio)
: a garden plant closely related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers

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